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Yosemite's Best Big Wall Climbing Routes
Thirty years after the “Golden Age,” Yosemite Valley remains a mecca to big wall climbers. The reason is clear: there is no place on earth with the same combinations of size, rock quality, good weather and accessibility. In short, its damn hard to find a better large rocks to throw yourself at. The 54 climbs listed below are among the most classic in Yosemite.

Topos of all of Yosemite's best big wall climbs are available in our guidebook Yosemite Big Walls: SuperTopos.

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Washington Column - South Face C1 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Face
C1 5.8, Washington Column

The South Face of Washington Column.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
10
C1 5.8
4 Star Rating
Washington Column - Prow C2F 5.6 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Prow
C2F 5.6, Washington Column

The line follows a series of small features.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2F 5.6
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Muir Wall A2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Muir Wall
A2 5.9, El Capitan

The Muir Wall is one of El Cap's greatest natural lines.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
33
A2 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Reticent Wall A5 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Reticent Wall
A5 5.7, El Capitan

Reticent Wall is route number 13.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
21
A5 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - North America Wall A2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North America Wall
A2 5.8, El Capitan

North America Wall is route number 19.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Triple Direct C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Triple Direct
C2 5.8, El Capitan

Triple Direct is route number 9.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Zenyatta Mondatta A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenyatta Mondatta
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Zenyatta Mondatta follows a steep line about 200' left of Zodiac.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
Half Dome - Tis-sa-ack A3 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tis-sa-ack
A3 5.9, Half Dome


Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
22
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Sea of Dreams A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sea of Dreams
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Sea of Dreams is route number 18.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
Half Dome - Zenith A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenith
A4 5.8, Half Dome

The first part of the route is hidden.
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Half Dome
21
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Pacific Ocean Wall A3 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Pacific Ocean Wall
A3 5.9, El Capitan

Pacific Ocean Wall is route number 17.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
Ribbon Fall Wall - Gold Wall C2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Gold Wall
C2 5.9, Ribbon Fall Wall


Photo:Chris McNamara
Ribbon Fall Wall
10
C2 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Tribal Rite A4 5.5 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tribal Rite
A4 5.5, El Capitan

Tribal Rite is route number 11.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
29
A4 5.5
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Iron Hawk A4 5.10 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Iron Hawk
A4 5.10, El Capitan

Iron Hawl is route number 22.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Magic Mushroom A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Magic Mushroom
A3 5.7, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
31
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
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